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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Comes to Berkeley Heights This Week for its 103rd Year

Firework explode over Berkeley Heights during last year's festival. Credits:

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This week, the annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel returns to Berkeley Heights to entertain local residents of all ages.

The festival will take place at Mount Carmel Field, which is located at the corner of Springfield Avenue and River Road in Berkeley Heights. This year, the event begins on Thursday July 12 th and ends on Monday, July 16. Festivities will take place from 6 p.m. til 11 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday and from 6 p.m. til midnight on Monday.

Admission to the festival is free from Thursday to Sunday.

Amusement rides and games will be set up across Mount Carmel Field for children to enjoy while BaDaBoom!, a special kids night fireworks display, will be presented by Overlook Medical Center on Sunday night.

For adults, non-stop evening entertainment by local bands will take place on Sunday and Monday nights. The Barefoot Tramps, Detour, and Third Rail will perform on Sunday night while Smashed, Rewind The Crisis, and Street Hassle will play on Monday night. For a complete performance schedule, please visit

Those of age can also visit the beer and wine garden.

At the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, all festival goers can grab a bite to eat from a large assortment of fantastic foods. And following after a century long tradition, the festival will conclude on Monday with a Feast Day Parade and a state-of-the-art fireworks show.

On the morning of Monday, July 16, members of the Mount Carmel Society will process through the streets of Berkeley Heights carrying the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Later that night, the longest fireworks display in the state of New Jersey will be presented at 11 p.m. by
event sponsor Investors Bank.

On Monday, July 16, Springfield Avenue will be closed at 6 p.m. from Plainfield Avenue into Long Hill Township. No motor vehicles, including motorcycles, will be permitted on the field that day.

This year, major sponsors for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel include Investors Savings Bank, Overlook Medical Center, Garden State Fireworks, the Township of Berkeley Heights, and the County of Union. The success of this event can also be attributed to WDHA, Bud Light, 92.3 NOW, Pasqua,, WCBS FM, Budweiser, Chevrolet, Z100, Sun Drop, 106.7 Lite FM, Sunkist, Q104.3, AT&T, Power 105.1, and 103.5 KTU.

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